Creating such high-tech elements demands equally high-tech manufacturing facilities. In 2012, BAM started work on the company’s new Advanced Blade Casting Facility (ABCF) in Rotherham, handing over the completed building in 2014.
The region is rich in skills and expertise, both in precision manufacturing and materials research. At the heart of Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Park, the factory is one of a number of cutting edge industrial plants to locate in the Sheffield City Regional Enterprise Zone.
Rolls-Royce turned to BAM to deliver a flagship building that reflects Britain’s world-class capabilities in the aerospace sector.
The gently curving roofline of this understated structure echoes the blades being manufactured inside, while its sleek, futuristic lines embody the Rolls-Royce corporate identity.
As befits this technology-led project, BAM used state-of-the-art 3D modelling software to design, plan and manage the development.
BAM Construct UK CEO James Wimpenny (Regional Director for the company’s North East division during the construction process) explains why this was so crucial: “The Building Information Modelling technology is exciting, as it allows our engineers to predict challenges and build in solutions.”